Christine Wrest-Smith

b. 1963

Painter and draughtsman Christine Wrest-Smith studied at Monash University, with a semester at the Prato, Italy. Her realistic paintings and drawings are an exploration of personal territory using the birds nest as a metaphor to examine the process of construction, shelter and space. Each nest is a combination of strength and fragility, its individual characteristics beautifully rendered in paint or charcoal. Wrest-Smith varies her technique to match the personality of the individual nest, those put together with haste are loosely drawn, while those which were meticulously constructed are built up with precise layers of paint as they would have been made with exacting layers of twigs. What began as construction by one being has now become an expression through the process of construction by another. Wrest-Smith’s works have been exhibited in Melbourne and Italy. She was awarded the Savage Club Prize in 2010 and the Masterworks Contemporary Art Prize in 2011. She has completed several portrait commissions and her work is held in public and private collections.

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For the Love of Trees – Burrinja’s creative response to the devastating June storm event

Image above: Mary Tonkin  After, Kalorama  2021  oil on linen  183 x 320 cm We are delighted to share this …

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Christine Wrest-Smith – 2021 Lester Prize Finalist

Congratulations Christine Wrest-Smith who has been announced a Finalist for The Lester Prize 2021 with her beautiful portrait of Uncle …

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Graeme Drendel, Cathy Weiszmann and Christine Wrest-Smith – The Naked & Nude Art Prize 2021 Finalists

Image above: Christine Wrest-Smith  Strength and Presence Congratulations to Graeme Drendel, Cathy Weiszmann and Christine Wrest-Smith for being selected as …

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Julian Twigg – Upcoming Artist Residency at Lighthouse Arts, Nobbys-Whibayganba, Newcastle

Julian Twigg is the successful applicant for an artist residency at Lighthouse Arts, Nobbys-Whibayganba, Newcastle. In anticipation of his 2023 …

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Camie Lyons – Finalist in the North Sydney Art Prize

Camie Lyons  Stick Figures (keepers)  bronze  in situ at the North Sydney Art Prize Coal Loader site   In the North Sydney …

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2022 Salon des Refusés – Selection announced

Congratulations to Graeme Drendel, Michelle Hiscock, Martin King, Glenn Morgan, Mary Tonkin and Christine Wrest-Smith who are included in the …

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David Frazer – Finalist in the International Biennial Print Exhibit

David Frazer  Love letter (panels 1 and 2)  2020  lino-cut  100 x 148 cm   Congratulations to David Frazer, who …

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Angus Fisher & Martin King – Finalists in the 2022 Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize

Martin King  Tree of life, unsuccessful species  2021  dry point, chine colle and hand colouring  168 x 165 cm   …

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Janet Luxton – ‘Feather and Brush, A History of Australian Bird Art’ by Penny Olsen

Janet Luxton  Orange bellied parrot  2016  oil on linen  120 x 156 cm   Congratulations to artist Janet Luxton who …

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Lewis Miller – Finalist in the 2022 Archibald Prize and Rodney Pople – Finalist in the Sulman Prize

Lewis Miller  Deborah Conway  oil on linen  137.5 x 122 cm Congratulations to Lewis Miller who has been selected as …

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Rona Green – Art Almanac Feature

“Whatever I create is a musing on persona, contemplation about individuality and the notion of modification.” – Rona Green We …

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Marina Strocchi – Finalist in the 2022 National Works on Paper

Marina Strocchi  Elgee Park  2022 acrylic on hand made recycled Indian rag paper  56 x 76 cm Congratulations to Marina …

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Jennifer Keeler-Milne – Finalist in The Kings School Art Prize, 2022

Image at top: Jennifer Keeler Milne  Jacaranda Mimosifolia  2021  oil on linen  92 x 198 cm     Congratulations to …

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